Costs and Financial Aid

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Au Sable offers generous scholarships, fellowships, and grants to assist students in meeting the cost of tuition. A summary of the costs and financial aid is provided below. Please see the 2019 Au Sable Bulletin for additional details and if you have any questions, please contact the admissions office at admissions@ausable.org or (231) 587-8686.

Paying for Au Sable

Tuition at Au Sable is US $2,720 per 4 credit course. In addition to tuition, there are the following fees:

• Application Fee: US $25 (non-refundable, not applied to tuition)

• Tuition Deposit: US $400 (per academic session, applied to tuition)

• Site Fees (room, board, course transportation and site specific costs):

• May Session - Great Lakes: US $275 per week ($825 total)

• May Session - Costa Rica: US $590 per week ($1,770 total)

• May Session - India: US $590 per week ($1,770 total)

• Summer Session I - Great Lakes: US $345 per week ($1,725 total)

• Summer Session II - Great Lakes: US $345 per week ($1,725 total)

• Summer Session II - Pacific Rim: US $610 per week ($3,050 total)

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students are eligible to apply for financial aid from Au Sable after they have completed the registration process and have completed enrollment in their Au Sable courses, including payment of the tuition deposit. Au Sable provides generous financial aid options to students taking our courses because we want to assist in making an Au Sable education possible for every interested student. Our fellowships, grants, and scholarships include:

Creation Care Outreach Fellowship

NEW FOR 2019! Au Sable Institute is pleased to be able to announce the addition of the Creation Care Outreach Fellowship to its array of college program financial aid awards for Summer 2019. This fellowship of US $2,000 will be provided to five applicants who possess a strong desire to engage their own church more effectively in the understanding and practice of care for God’s natural world. After completing their courses at Au Sable, recipients of the fellowship will be required to share a presentation with their home church community. The presentations will emphasize the biblical mandate of caring for creation and provide a summary of how their time at Au Sable inspired and educated the student to better serve, protect and restore God’s earth.

Five Creation Care Outreach Fellows will be selected: two who intend to take two courses of study at Au Sable’s Pacific Rim Campus on Whidbey Island, Washington; two intending to take two courses at Au Sable’s Great Lakes Campus in Michigan; and one who intends to study in Au Sable’s course in India (Conservation and Development in the Indian Tropics) or Costa Rica (Sustainability, Tropical Agriculture, and Missions).

Acceptance of the Creation Care Outreach Fellowship requires registration for and completion of the required Au Sable courses during the year in which the award is given. Additionally, recipients are required to share a presentation on creation care at their church after their study at Au Sable and prior to the end of the calendar year.

Deadline: All application materials should be submitted online via Populi (Au Sable’s course management system) by January 15, 2019. Awards will be announced by February 15. The student must be enrolled in Au Sable classes prior to the application deadline for consideration.

Sustaining Partner College Grants

Students from US Sustaining Partner Colleges automatically receive a US $500 reduction in tuition in each course they take. Students from Canadian Sustaining Partner Colleges automatically receive a US $600 reduction per course.

Honors Scholarship

This award is granted to Institute alumni who have achieved at least a 3.0 G.P.A. in each of their prior Au Sable courses. It is an automatic grant of US $300 (for May courses) and US $500 (for summer courses). Recipients of the Au Sable Honors Scholarship may also qualify for additional assistance.

Grant-in-aid

Grants are provided for students who have financial need and do not qualify for any other fellowships at the Au Sable Institute. Grants will be awarded in the amount of US $600 (May and Summer Sessions). Awards will be made on the basis of demonstrated financial need, availability of funds and date of application.

Deadline: All application materials should be submitted online via Populi (Au Sable’s course management system) by January 15, 2019. Awards will be announced as early as January 31. Subsequent grant applications will continue to be accepted, with deadlines of February 15 and March 15, if grant funds remain available. Students must be enrolled in Au Sable classes prior to the application deadline for consideration.

Au Sable Fellowship

The Institute recognizes certain students having abilities, interests and leadership potential in environmental stewardship by designating such students as “Au Sable Fellows.” Au Sable Fellows are granted financial support of US $1,500 (summer courses only). Fellowships are merit-based and require evidence of excellent academic ability (min. 3.0 GPA). Fellowship recipients must enroll in two courses per summer session.

Deadline: All application materials should be submitted online via Populi (Au Sable’s course management system) by January 15, 2019. Awards will be announced as early as January 31. Subsequent fellowship applications will continue to be accepted, with deadlines of February 15 and March 15, if grant funds remain available. Students must be enrolled in Au Sable classes prior to the application deadline for consideration.

Missionary Earthkeeping Fellowship

These fellowships are awarded to qualified students demonstrating a vocational commitment to a career in missions and the application of environmental knowledge and skill in missionary efforts. This award normally provides US $2,000 (summer courses) or US $1,000 (May courses). Summer fellowship recipients must enroll in two courses per summer session. This aid is merit-based, requiring excellent academic ability and an interest in a missions career.

Deadline: All application materials should be submitted online via Populi (Au Sable’s course management system) by January 15, 2019. Awards will be announced by February 15. The student must be enrolled in Au Sable classes prior to the application deadline for consideration.

David C. Mahan Fellowship

To commemorate the legacy of 30 years of service by Au Sable’s former Associate Executive Director, Dr. David C. Mahan, the Institute offers the David C. Mahan Fellowship to provide an annual award of US $2,000 towards two courses at Au Sable’s Great Lakes Campus. The Mahan Fellowship is given to one student each year who shows ability to advance the work of creation care through creative and caring relational collaborations with others, a hallmark of the work of Dave Mahan during his three decades at Au Sable.

Acceptance of the David C. Mahan Fellowship requires registration for and completion of a minimum of two courses in residence at Au Sable’s Great Lakes Campus during the year in which the award is given. While there is no restriction as to which courses the recipient might take, we would encourage Aquatic Biology, Lake Ecology and Management, or Watersheds in Global Development as these subjects were close to Dr. Mahan’s own academic interests.

Deadline: All application materials should be submitted online via Populi (Au Sable’s course management system) by January 15, 2019. Awards will be announced by February 15. The student must be enrolled in Au Sable classes prior to the application deadline for consideration.

Harold Z. Snyder Fellowship

To commemorate the vision, life and legacy of Au Sable founder Dr. Harold Snyder, the Institute offers the Harold Snyder Fellowship to provide an annual award of US $3,000 towards two courses at Au Sable’s Great Lakes Campus. The Fellowship is given to one student each year who shows promise of developing the passion, vision and skill to do and teach science to others as an expression of Christian faith, and as a commitment to serve, protect, and restore God’s earth.

Read more about Harold's legacy on the Au Sable history webpage.

Acceptance of the Harold Snyder Fellowship requires registration for and completion of a minimum of two courses in residence at Au Sable's Great Lakes Campus during the year in which the award is given. While there is no restriction as to which courses the recipient might take, we would encourage Field Biology in Spring, Aquatic Biology, or Lake Ecology and Management, as these subjects were close to Dr. Snyder's own academic interests.

Deadline: All application materials should be submitted online via Populi (Au Sable’s course management system) by January 15, 2019. Awards will be announced by February 15. The student must be enrolled in Au Sable classes prior to the application deadline for consideration.

Calvin B. DeWitt Leadership Fellowship

Dr. Calvin B. DeWitt is the founding Executive Director of Au Sable Institute. Since its formation under Cal DeWitt’s leadership in 1979, Au Sable has become an Institute of national and international recognition in Christian environmental stewardship. More than 4,000 people have taken courses in Au Sable’s College Academic Program and over 130,000 have participated as students in its Environmental Education Program for K-12 students in northern Michigan. The DeWitt Fellowship is given to one student each year who shows the potential for leadership and vision in Christian environmental stewardship that reflects Cal DeWitt’s legacy at Au Sable Institute.

Any Participating College may nominate one student for a Leadership Fellowship each year. Au Sable will normally select one student to receive this award. The Au Sable Board has approved a US $5,100 Leadership Fellowship for 2019 that will be applied to the recipient’s expenses for one summer session (two-course enrollment required). In addition to academic excellences, nominees must show high potential for leadership in Christian environmental stewardship as documented by the nominating institution in the case statement prepared on behalf of the nominee.

Deadline: All application materials should be submitted online via Populi (Au Sable’s course management system) by January 15, 2019. Awards will be announced by February 15. The student must be enrolled in Au Sable classes prior to the application deadline for consideration,